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General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.8 tTake-off weight
2.19 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 000 mCeiling
Tumansky M-88REngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
670 km/hStructural
260 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 1
440 roundsAmmunition
1 026 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
1 300 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 50 kg FAB-50 (forged) bombSetup 1
2 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 2
Sl icon.png1 100/4 800/1 500Repair
8 100 Sl icon.pngCrew training
54 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
250 Ge icon.pngAces
124 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
270 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png200 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png50 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage I-180S.jpg

The I-180S is a premium rank II Russian fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On" during the "Battlefield Engineer" event.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
565 547 10 000 19.5 20.6 12.6 12.6 350
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
607 585 10 000 18.5 19.0 21.5 16.6 350


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
420 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 330 < 320 < 420 > 190
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,100 hp 1,274 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,000 m 1,000 hp 1,158 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot's seat


Offensive armament

The I-180S is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine guns, nose-mounted (220 rpg = 440 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (650 rpg = 1,300 total)

Suspended armament

The I-180S can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (200 kg total)

Usage in battles

Climb to about 4,000m - 5,000m of altitude at the beginning of the battle, use Boom & Zoom tactic to get rid of some enemies low first. If there are any enemies above or as high as you, try to drag them into a dogfight. Remember to always avoid head-on attacks when against some heavy armed planes such as the F4U Corsair variants, P-40s and Fw 190s.

There are also some enemies you really have to pay attention to, specifically the British Spitfires and Japanese A6M. Both of these fighter types have a very good turn rate, which means dogfighting even against a mediocre pilot will most likely result with them on your tail. Remember when fighting against them the Spits and Zeros, try to gain an altitude advantage or do a head-on with a quick snap-turn and out-run them.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable
Manual activation
  • For those who manually activate the gearing, switch to second gear around 3,500 meters and drop the drop climb angle to 10-12 degrees which will make most effective use of the aircraft's engine and supercharger.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 12 mm Der-31
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • Great all-round fighter, a bit of turn fighter, a bit of Boom & Zoomer
  • Excellent climb rate due to supercharger
  • Tight aircraft with great manoeuvrability
  • Great armament packed tightly in the nose of the aircraft


  • Engine tends to overheat, must be careful with WEP
  • Poor rudder control, difficult to perform wing-overs or hammerhead manoeuvres


Development of the I-180 began in 1938, with the Polikarpov design bureau starting work on creating a new aircraft to meet the requirements of the Soviet Air Force at the time. In order to do so, engineers decided to base the new machine on a modified I-16 design and to install a more powerful radial engine. As a result, the I-180 was created. However, development and testing of prototypes was plagued with numerous issues, including many accidents. This, coupled with the arrival of new Soviet fighter designs quickly cast a shadow on the I-180 project which ultimately led to the project being cancelled by the end of 1940. Prior to the cancellation, a production version of the machine - the I-180S - was built but only in very limited numbers. In total, around 13 I-180s were built, including prototypes, but none saw any active service.

- From Devblog


  • I-180S WTWallpaper 001.jpg
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  • I-180S WTWallpaper 003.jpg
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  • The I-180S at the hangar. The standard livery is mainly red, with some items in shiny silver.
  • The I-180S at the hangar. Summer livery, with red stars on the classic Soviet green and blue camouflage.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Polikarpov Design Bureau (Поликарпов Опытное конструкторское бюро)
I-15 Fighters  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis · I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16 Fighters  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28
Twin-Engine Fighter  TIS MA
Bombers  Po-2
Export  ␗I-15bis · ␗I-153 M-62 · ␗I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · ␗I-16 type 17 · I-16 Chung 28 · I-180S · I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5

USSR premium aircraft
I rank  MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · I-301 · I-29 · Tandem MAI · ▂PBY-5a Catalina
  ▂Hampden TB Mk I
II rank  LaGG-3-34 · I-153P · I-16 type 28 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂P-39K-1 · I-180S
III rank  Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M · IL-2M "Avenger" · Pe-2-205 · Tu-2 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂B-25J-30
IV rank  Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11 · Yak-3 (VK-107) · Be-6 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
V rank  MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS